Eric Moe, composer,University of Pittsburgh professor, and founder of the Music On the Edge Series discusses the visit Saturday February 2 at 8pm in the Andy Warhol Museum Theater of the Da Capo Chamber Players. They bring a program with music by Eric Moe, his Strenuous Pleasures along with music by Valerie Coleman, David Rakowski, David Sanford, and Joan Tower, one of the founding members of the ensemble. The Da Capo Chamber Players have been hailed by The New Yorker as a "distinguished ensemble...at the center of the New York new-music scene for forty-five years.” Winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award early in its trajectory (1973), the ensemble is about to enter its 47th season. Eric Moe also talks about his most recent cd and his greatest hit.
Organist Ryan Croyle, the Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church tells us about the Billa Duo from Ukraine with organist Viktor Billa and soprano Yulia Billa appearing twice in Pittsburgh on Super Bowl Sunday February 3rd. In the afternoon they’ll be at Heinz Chapel and in the evening at 6pm First Presbyterian Church in downtown Pittsburgh. The concert is free. Ryan in his third year at the church, describes the joy of hearing music at First and gives us his story in brief.
Sarah Brightman, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Christine in Phantom of the Opera, arrives at the Benedum Center February 12th with her new album "Hymn" as the center for a concert with orchestra and choir. She talks about the new album, how "Time to Say Goodbye" came to be a giant worldwide hit. Working with Lorin Maazel on recording the Webber Requiem and what she wore at the sessions, her classical music influences and where they came from. Is it true that Sir Andrew wouldn’t allow Phantom to open in New York unless she sang Chrtistine? Yes. Sarah explains how she helped in creating the role of Christine. Will she have rose petals, ballet dancers, smoke, fans, a Cleopatra crown and Esther Williams swimmers in the Pittsburgh show? She shares everything with Jim Cunningham and says she loves dining in Squirrel Hill.
Stage Director David Paul talks about his staging for Pittsburgh Opera's production of "AfterWARds."
Glenn Lewis, conductor of Pittsburgh Opera's production of "AfterWARds," talks about the show.
Terrance Chin-Loy talks about his role as Idomeneo in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "AfterWARds."